Project Restore has aimed to overcome the challenges in the literature thereby developing practice that negated these challenges. In particular, practice has aimed to provide a sense of justice as defined by the survivors of historic child sexual abuse who participated in the research conducted by Jülich (2001). When describing a sense of justice participating survivors needed the following:

  • To have their stories heard by witnesses in a safe forum based on equality – substantive equality,
  • An acknowledgment of the difference between right and wrong,
  • For the offender to take responsibility and demonstrate accountability,
  • An experience of victimisation validated by offenders, bystanders and outsiders,
  • To transform relationships so that they could co-exist with offenders in shared communities.

Although participating survivors identified restorative justice as a process that could provide an experience of justice they were sceptical at the thought of engaging with it themselves. A number of practice issues were identified that would have to be addressed before victim-survivors of sexual violence could successfully engage with restorative justice. These included power imbalances, equality,neutrality, impartiality, transfer of power to the community, and a negotiated community response. 

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